Originally Posted by Finance Dave
+1...have them make the check out to the IRA, not you...then you are fairly safe other than you have a time limit to get it deposited into the IRA...not sure but I think it's 90 days.
+2 Ask the receiving custodian how to make the check payable. It should be something like
[Custodian Institution Name] FBO [Your Name]
where FBO = For Benefit Of
... and the custodian might want the word "Rollover" and/or "IRA" in the name -- just ask them what they want to see.